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Most NYC schools to open Monday despite challenges

Life is far from normal for 13-year-old Eliran Cohen a week after Superstorm Sandy flooded his family’s Staten Island condo, the Associated Press reports. The teen, his mother and his older brother were ready to use a door as a flotation device when the storm hit last Monday, filling their ground floor with water. Even as he helps clean up from the destruction, Eliran craves his old routine.

“I’d like to get back to school to see how all my friends are doing,” he said.

Across the New York City, parents and students cooped up for a week say they too are ready to heed the mayor’s call to return to school Monday, though some wondered whether it was possible in devastated areas. They wondered too how it would all work for the nation’s largest school system serving about 1.1 million students, considering the scope and complexity of problems caused by the storml…

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